Beach Please: Five Reasons to Visit Hamilton Island Next

Aerial view of the Hamilton Island ocean

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Published 12 May 2016


Located just off the Queensland coast, Hamilton Island is nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. As the most populous of the Whitsunday Islands, this pristine destination packs a punch with so many things to do and see.

Aerial view of the Hamilton Island ocean
The beautiful Great Barrier Reef

Easy access to the Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island is the perfect base to explore all the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Day trips regularly depart to go snorkelling or scuba diving in the azure waters. The reef is brimming with marine life, from colourful coral to tropical fish, turtles and rays. Experience the reef from the sky with a scenic helicopter flight or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise. You will also be just a hop, skip and a jump from the silky shores of Whitehaven Beach. Touted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the stunning silica sand and turquoise waters of Whitehaven are a sight to behold.

Wide range of accommodation

However you travel, Hamilton Island has accommodation to suit you and your clan. For the ultimate in luxury resort living, you could retreat to the private doors of qualia or enjoy the beachfront location and boutique offerings of the Beach Club. Large rooms and magnificent views are on offer at the four-star Reef View Hotel or appreciate the convenience of the newly renovated, self-contained Palm Bungalows. Hamilton is also home to a number of holiday homes which can offer a little more space and privacy, perfect for large families or groups.

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Natural beauty in Hamilton Island

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Award-winning restaurants and bars

You will never ever go hungry on Hamilton Island with an impressive range of eateries, from award-winning restaurants to laid-back cafes. For jaw-dropping waterfront views, head to the Bommie Deck for a cool beverage or two. The Marina Tavern is perfect for a relaxed pub-style meal, while the Garden Bar is the ideal place to kick-back after sunset. Be spoilt with a romantic meal for two at the Bommie Restaurant situated inside the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, renowned for their innovative Australian menu. From authentic Italian cuisine to the fresh flavours of Mexico, every set of tastebuds will be satisfied at Hamilton.

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Hamilton Island's marina

Diverse cultural and sporting events

Before you visit Hamilton Island, check out what events are on while you’re in town. Throughout the year, Hamilton hosts several exciting and sporting events, from the renowned Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to the popular Great Whitehaven Beach Run. Sporting enthusiasts can join the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Ocean Swim or Triathlon to really test their strength and endurance. In September, the Australian Ballet will perform for the Pas de Deux in Paradise, with the stunning Whitsunday Islands as their backdrop.

Hamilton Island Golf Club

Golf aficionados will be in heaven at the 18-hole, par 71 Hamilton Island Golf Course. Designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson, the course navigates around the spectacular ridges and steep valleys of Dent Island. The course boasts a variety of obstacles for those willing to take the challenge, including wicked winds and impenetrable bushland. Even so, it is considered a must do for both novice and professional golfers.

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